You leave your brand new iPhone sitting on the bathroom sink, a little too close to the edge. It starts to vibrate while you’re in the other room and then you hear the dreaded plop. How are you ever going to explain this to technical support? And how are you going to call technical support in the first place?
Indeed, losing your cellphone to some unforeseen accident is something you want to avoid at all costs. And it’s not just your physical phone you have to worry about. It’s also the irreplaceable pictures, videos, music and documents that you keep inside of it. Luckily, aside from keeping the toilet seat down at all times, it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to keep your phone in perfect working order. Here are just a few quick and easy tips you can follow to protect every part of your phone:
Buy a Case
A lot of people like to argue that putting a cheap plastic case on an expensive phone kind of defeats the point. But these people have probably never dropped their phone from the third-story balcony of a friend’s apartment. There’s nothing more satisfying than running down to retrieve your phone only to find it lying safely on the sidewalk beside the cracked remains of a “cheap plastic case.”
These days protecting your phone doesn’t necessarily mean that the case has to cramp your style, though. Otterbox’s Commuter Series, for example, comes in a wide array of stylish, low-profile designs that perfectly complement the curves of your iPhone or Galaxy. They’re also water resistant and feature rubber accents to keep you from dropping it from the balcony in the first place. It’s the perfect outfit for keeping your phone safe from the dangerous elements — including you.
Back It Up
At this point, using a cloud service to back up important data is a given. You can easily put a price on a smartphone, but it’s a lot harder to determine the value of thousands of vacation photographs or several years’ worth of work memos. And yet, people tend to complain about the amount of time it takes to back up their phone or that it’s too complicated to do it properly. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. Mozy makes backing up your files easy with regularly scheduled, automatic backups. The service also syncs easily with other phones, tablets and desktop computers, so you’re always a click away from all of your irreplaceable stuff.
Make It Traceable
Android, Apple and Windows all have services for finding a misplaced phone, and everyone should take the time to set these up. If you believe your phone has been stolen, iOS gives you the option to completely erase your data and prevent the phone from being used, which drastically reduces the incentive for theft. But if an honest person finds your phone and you’ve protected it with a passcode, returning it to you could be tricky. Place a sticky note with your name and an alternate phone number behind your protective case to up your chances that a lost phone winds up back in your possession. You never know when a good Samaritan might strike.
Protect the Cord
Here’s a bonus tip. If you want to protect your phone cord from the wear and tear caused by constantly plugging and unplugging it, take the spring out of an old pen and wrap it around the charger cord at the base of the plug. This protects it from extreme bending and sharp fingernails. And it’s available for the low, low cost of free.